FMA launches sheet metal operator certification program

December 16, 2008

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced a new certification program for precision sheet metal operators for testing and validating their skills in sheet metal forming and fabricating.

The new Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) Level I Certification is the first to provide a comprehensive exam in the areas of shearing, sawing, press brake, turret punch press, laser cutting, and mechanical finishing.

Operators may obtain the certification by meeting minimum work or training requirements and passing a multiple-choice exam. The Web-based exam is available at proctored testing locations in the U.S. and Canada.

The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions covering 13 task/skill/knowledge areas: metals, metallurgy, and metalworking processes; paperwork and documentation; math calculations for sheet metal fabrication; blueprint reading and part layout; computer/part programming; machine setup, functioning, and operation; hand tools; inspection/quality control; inspection tools; tooling/dies/jigs/fixtures; material and product handling; safety checks, equipment, and procedures; and preventive maintenance on equipment and tools.

The exam fee is $245 for FMA members, $345 for nonmembers. Those who pass the exam will receive a one-year Basic membership in FMA. A special student rate of $95 is available, which includes a free one-year FMA Student membership. The certification is valid for three years.

A 20-item practice quiz is available online at for a $25 fee.